Schneider rips Astros’ closer for winning home run in 9th

Houston Astros starting pitcher Framber Valdez walks off the mound after completing the top of the fifth inning of the team's baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Tuesday, April 2, 2024, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
Houston Astros starting pitcher Framber Valdez walks off the mound after completing the top of the fifth inning of the team's baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Tuesday, April 2, 2024, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)

HOUSTON -- Davis Schneider's two-run home run off closer Josh Hader with two outs in the ninth inning lifted the Toronto Blue Jays over the Houston Astros 2-1 on Tuesday night.

It looked like the Blue Jays were going to be shut out for a second straight game after Ronel Blanco threw the first no-hitter of the season in Houston's 10-0 win Monday.

They had troubled stringing hits together throughout the game and trailed 1-0 entering the ninth.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. singled starting the inning, but Bo Bichette grounded into a double play. Hader (0-2), signed by the Astros to a $95 million, five-year contract during the offseason, walked Justin Turner to bring up Schneider.

Schneider's soaring shot sailed to center field to put the Blue Jays on top 2-1 and set off a celebration in the Toronto dugout.

Toronto starter Jose Berrios yielded 6 hits and 1 run in 6 innings in another solid start after getting the win on opening day. Chad Green (1-0) got the final four outs for the win.

Jose Altuve had two hits, and his solo homer in the fourth was all the offense the Astros could muster.

Houston starter Framber Valdez allowed six hits and struck out five without a walk. He bounced back after allowing three runs and tying a career high with six walks on opening day but not factoring in the decision in a loss to the New York Yankees.

There was a runner on first with two outs in the eighth when Valdez was lifted for Ryan Pressly. He retired George Springer on a groundout to end the inning before Hader's blown save.

Houston had a shot to add to their lead when Altuve was on third base with two outs in the eighth. But he took too big of a lead and was picked off trying to get back to third to end the inning.

Turner had three hits, with two doubles for the Blue Jays, and his walk in the ninth proved to be the difference .

The Astros took the lead with Altuve's homer with no outs in the fourth inning. Yordan Alvarez followed with a broken-bat single, but Kyle Tucker grounded into a double play before Alex Bregman grounded out to end the inning.

Bichette, who missed the previous two games with neck spasms, got Toronto's first hit since Sunday on a single with two outs in the first. Turner followed with a double to left field. But Alvarez threw to Bregman at third and his throw home was just in time for Victor Caratini to tag a sliding Bichette before he tagged home.

Springer celebrated reaching 10 years of MLB service time Tuesday. The team had a small ceremony to honor him before the game and the Astros played a video montage recognizing the milestone just before first pitch. Springer was drafted by the Astros in the first round in 2011 and spent his first seven seasons with the Astros.

  photo  Houston Astros' Jose Altuve, right, celebrates his solo home run against the Toronto Blue Jays with Kyle Tucker during the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, April 2, 2024, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
 
 
  photo  Houston Astros' Jose Altuve watches his solo home run against the Toronto Blue Jays during the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, April 2, 2024, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
 
 
  photo  Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Jose Berrios delivers against the Houston Astros during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, April 2, 2024, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
 
 
  photo  Toronto Blue Jays' Bo Bichette, bottom, is tagged out at home by Houston Astros catcher Victor Caratini during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, April 2, 2024, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
 
 

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